Mail Call for 11/26

November 26, 1999

Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line.

Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-6236.

You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"I have just watched Maury on TV and he showed the camps where our children who misbehave are being sent to. They are worst than reform schools and they should be done away with. Our children are human beings, not animals."

"It is OK for you the voters and taxpayers who talk about what County Commissioner Paul Swartz is trying to do for Washington County voters and taxpayers. If you don't like what the County Commissioners do, then I suggest you run in the next election. Stop criticizing Swartz. At least he has the guts to try to help the taxpayers with the water and sewer debt, which was caused by the County Commissioners of five years ago."


"To the people who like to stump through the leaves. Leave your house number in the paper and I will bring you a few truck loads. You must not have any consideration at all for other people's property."

"I wonder if other readers are as upset as I am about Clinton spreading our taxpayers' money around the world? In Tuesday's paper he is telling Bulgaria because they stood with us against Serbia, we are not only going to help them economically, politically and militarily for many years. He is making these promises. I am worried about my children and their tax money and where it is going."

"To the person who wants to know what to do about telemarketers. All you have to do is tell them to immediately take you off of their phone list and they must comply with federal law."

"I tell you, until they build a new stadium, I think it would help the present one if they put an all- weather canopy over the bleachers. It gets mighty hot out there in the summertime."

"To the person calling about the telemarketers, if you know it is an unknown number, then you must have caller I.D. Just don't bother answering it and then eventually they will get the message and they won't call you back again."

"Will anyone be taking a bus up to New York in December on a weekend, just for a day? I went up there last year on a Saturday. I was hoping they would do it again this year."

"I would like to know if anyone knows who is in charge of the Hagerstown Bouncers? If so, please put a phone number in Mail Call."

"The ice skating rink that they built in Hagerstown cost over $3 million dollars and lost $200,000 t last year and this year. The city has supported it with over $600,000. Now they say that we need a new stadium that is going to cost us $15 million. How much is that going to lose us? If it is such a good thing to have, why don't the Suns pay for their own stadium? Why do we have to subsidize a private business?"

"No one is complaining about the water and sewer debt, but who is really to blame, the commissioners or the people that kept them in office all those years?"

"If others put their leaves out on the street habitually and the city of Hagerstown refuses to do anything about it, does that mean that it is OK for me to do it also?"

"They said to put in Mail Call about the new stadium. I say no, if it is going to cost us taxpayers money to put it in. I would like to know what this owner is going to pay for and if he is going to pay us back. Most of these owners who own stadiums, they buy it and make all the profits and we collect the taxes out of it. Why does this guy want us to help pay for something that he is going to make a profit on? I would like to know the bottom line on that."

"I see in Tuesday's paper on B6 where the Lions Club donated $1000 towards hearing devices for newborns. I think this is a great thing, but have they ever considered helping the seniors with these most expensive hearing aids?"

"It would be a great idea to let the public vote on the stadium issue. Of course, the people in power aren't going to let this happen. It is obvious that they are not going to let this happen. They are going to go ahead and build this stadium. They are not going to let the majority get what they want. They have other powerful friends that will benefit from this stadium while the rest of us languish with the burden of their enormous debt. Everybody wise up and realize that the majority of the time, it is the political maneuvering and money that makes these people do what they do and not just for the good of the people."

"I was wondering how in Funkstown they can let two pit bulls run loose time after time. I have lived here for several years and twice in the last six months my pomeranian has been attacked by the same pit bull. The police and the Humane Society has done absolutely nothing about it. My dog is lying in a hospital now with over 60 stitches in him and lucky to be live. This is not the first time, but the second time. How can this community let this happen? Please call in and help us."

"If the city fathers had enough sense to look ahead and build the stadium we would have still had the Baltimore Orioles playing in Hagerstown. That is what is wrong with Hagerstown, people don't think ahead."

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